Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #83

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider this:

Postmodernist critics … appear to assume that if one gives up the goal of telling one true story about reality, one must also give up trying to tell less false stories … [Yet critical thought of the kind associated with a commitment to critical realism and/or standpoint theory] can aim to produce less partial and distorted representations without having to assert their absolute, complete,  universal, or eternal adequacy. Isn’t that how we should take the … Postmodernists’ own analyses? If not,  what is the status of their arguments? (p.187)

Extract taken from Harding, S. (1991) Whose Science? Whose Knowledge? Thinking From Women’s Lives. Buckingham: Open University Press.

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Heidegger, The Salafi

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider this:

Heidegger’s thought turns on a logic of ‘‘derivative and original,’’ a schema that is employed from the first Freiburg lectures to the very latest essays and seminars, constituting one of his most fundamental presuppositions … The phenomenological–genealogical idea was to lead back … the system of philosophical concepts currently in place – the tired, inherited, sedimented ideas of the philosophers, which flattened things out … – to their preconceptual or pre-philosophical sources, the wellspring from which all concepts are originally drawn, of which the experience of kairos in the New Testament was a salient example. His idea was not to enforce a divide between them but to establish a genealogical communication between them such that by returning to the wellspring one would renew the conceptual system of which it was the source. (p.97)

Extract taken from Caputo, J. D. (2000) “People of God, People of Being: The Theological Presuppositions of Heidegger’s Path of Thought.” In Appropriating Heidegger, eds. James Faulkoner and Mark Wrathall. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 85-100.

If that doesn’t mark Heidegger out as a ‘Christian salafi‘, I don’t know what does.

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Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #82

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider this:

[Heidegger suggests reasons to think that] since we are ourselves part of the unfolding of being, enabled by the same power that presents itself in all that is (but also loves to hide), the ‘how’ of our being may indicate something about being itself. (p.690)

Extract taken from Sikka, Sonia (2017) Heidegger’s Argument for the Existence of God? Sophia 56: 671–695.

While I am somewhat loathe to identify God/Allah (swt) with Heidegger’s being for reasons that must be engaged with elsewhere, I am inclined to think that the above sentiment resonates with the maxim that “He who knows himself knows His Lord.”

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Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #81

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider the following excerpt from ibn al-‘Arabi’s ode Tarjuman al-Ashwaq (“The Interpreter/Translator of Ardent Desires”) in relation to the matter of ‘thinking’ God/Allah:

If you affirm transcendence you bind.

If you affirm immanence you define.

If you affirm both you hit the mark.

You are an Imam in knowledge and a master.

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Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #80

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider this:

It may be that science & industry, & their progress, are the most enduring thing in the world today. That any guess at a coming collapse of science and industry were for now, & for a long time to come, simply a dream, & that science and industry after & with infinite misery will unite the world, I mean integrate it into a single empire, in which to be sure peace is the last thing that will then find a home.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

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Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #79

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider this:

[C]ases of Google building military drones, Facebook watching us all, and Amazon making facial recognition software for the police, need to be understood not as aberrations. Rather, they are business as usual … surveillance and unnerving links to the military-industrial complex are not signs that the Internet has gone awry, but signs that the Internet is functioning as intended.

Extract taken from Zachary Loeb’s “All Watched Over By Machines”, a review of Yasha Levine’s Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet (PublicAffairs, 2018), which is available here.

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Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #78

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider this:

Empire [i.e. the globally operating system of White Supremacy (Racism) under late colonial modernity] has mostly rescinded territory, only to continue its operation at the level of infrastructure, maintaining its power in the form of the network.

Extract taken from James Bridle’s New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future (London: Verso, 2018).

Now consider the following comment on the above:

If the infrastructure of the internet is operated by the vestiges of an empire [i.e. the globally operating system of White Supremacy (Racism) under late colonial modernity] invested in the exploitation of the greater part of humanity, how we can we expect the internet to work for that same humanity?

[F]uture elaborations on Bridle’s work will have to reckon with this question he refuses to address: whether the only way to save the internet and the planet is to actually seize its infrastructure — every last data center and switchboard — from the powers that be so that it can finally serve egalitarian, socially responsible purposes. Or, failing that, whether it would be in the best interest of humanity to destroy the internet entirely.

Extract taken from Thomason, J. (2018) “Is It Easier to Imagine the End of the World Than the End of the Internet?” The Intercept, 24 November 2018. Available here.

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